Larry Chapp interviews journalist Edward Pentin on the papacy of Pope Francis

“With over 13 years’ experience providing in-depth coverage on a wide range of issues as a Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin has built up a unique combination of extensive contacts and expertise on the papacy, the Vatican and Catholic Church. He is one of just a handful of English-speaking correspondents to have covered the Vatican for English… Read More Larry Chapp interviews journalist Edward Pentin on the papacy of Pope Francis

Judas, The Third Temptation, and the Social Gospel — Fulton J. Sheen

 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received,… Read More Judas, The Third Temptation, and the Social Gospel — Fulton J. Sheen

Addressing a “Different Kind of Crisis”? A New Introduction to Vatican II

…and Interview With the Authors, Shaun Blanchard and Stephen Bullivant. Note: The book under discussion here represents only one of a number of interpretations of Vatican II and it’s fruits which are found at this website. See Labels / Categories for others. — Editor. “There is a story, perhaps apocryphal, that sometime in the 1950s,… Read More Addressing a “Different Kind of Crisis”? A New Introduction to Vatican II

Belgian Archbishop: The Fundamental Teachings of the Church Are Under Threat

“On the occasion of the release of his autobiographical book retracing the last 50 years of the history of the Church, retired Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard discusses the great challenges of our time. “… from the theological and pastoral drifts that marked the post-Vatican II period to the current debates surrounding the Synod on Synodality and… Read More Belgian Archbishop: The Fundamental Teachings of the Church Are Under Threat

Gilson, Saint Thomas and The Self-Attesting God

First, the Problem. The famous Thomist philosopher Etienne Gilson writes, surely accurately, in his Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, “… at the very place where the Summa of Alexander and the Commentary of St. Bonaventure undertake to show that the existence of God is evident, St. Thomas devotes an article to proving that it… Read More Gilson, Saint Thomas and The Self-Attesting God

Biblical Interpretation in Crisis — Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1988

Biblical Interpretation in Crisis. On the Question of the Foundations: and Approaches of Exegesis Today by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1988 In Wladimir Solowjew’s History of the Antichrist, the eschatological enemy of the Redeemer recommended himself to believers, among other things, by the fact that he had earned his doctorate in theology at Tübingen and had… Read More Biblical Interpretation in Crisis — Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1988

Damian Thompson says Francis Darkening Legacy of Benedict XVI

Vatican 12/1, Twitter: “Today at THE RATZINGER PRIZE @Pontifex stressed how Benedict XVI helped us to read the CVII documents, proposing a hermeneutics of reform and continuity & has given us the necessary guidelines to reformulate the central question of the nature and mission of the Church in our time”. (Emphasis added here. SH). Thompson… Read More Damian Thompson says Francis Darkening Legacy of Benedict XVI

The “Hypocritical Ultramontanism” of The National Catholic Reporter

By Catholic Worker, Dr. Larry Chapp Michael Sean Winters is either hoping we are naïve enough to not remember the Reporter’s long and problematic history, or he thinks we are stupid enough to not be concerned with incoherent zig-zagging. The folks over at the National Catholic Reporter must think we have poor memories or no… Read More The “Hypocritical Ultramontanism” of The National Catholic Reporter

Archbishop Ganswein: Progressivist Forces Want to Destroy Benedict XVI’s Life and Work

“Vile Attack”. “Erase him from memory of the Church.” Speaking to an Italian newspaper, the pope emeritus’ personal secretary noted that such people ‘never loved him as an individual, his theology, his pontificate.’ Edward Pentin, February 10, 2022, National Catholic Register VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Georg Gänswein has claimed that a movement is not only… Read More Archbishop Ganswein: Progressivist Forces Want to Destroy Benedict XVI’s Life and Work

“New Spirituality” & the Ghost of Catholicism

By John A. Perricone | New Oxford Review, January-February 2021 The Deleterious Effects of a Subtle Inversion One of Hollywood’s more sybaritic starlets solemnly announced the other day that she was embarking on a 30-day “spiritual cleanse” in India. Since neither ecumenism nor eco-enthusiasm is my métier, I was bewildered. Could it be some novel… Read More “New Spirituality” & the Ghost of Catholicism

Cardinal Pell says he ‘never really approved’ of Benedict XVI’s decision to resign

…Pell described John Paul II as “one of the greatest popes in history, of course,” and praised Benedict’s “prodigious intellect,” adding that “I knew him [Benedict] better than all of the other two popes” …Despite working closely with Francis for five years, Pell has often been perceived as at odds with key initiatives of this… Read More Cardinal Pell says he ‘never really approved’ of Benedict XVI’s decision to resign

Jesuit Former ‘America’ Editor to Bishops: Drop Trans – substantiation and the Worship of Jesus

Regarding the U.S. bishops upcoming document on the Eucharist, Progressivist Jesuit Thomas Reese proffers some telling theological suggestions: Reese: “… the document should not use the word “transubstantiation,” which is a theological concept based on Aristotelian philosophy, not the Scriptures. I believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, but… Read More Jesuit Former ‘America’ Editor to Bishops: Drop Trans – substantiation and the Worship of Jesus

No More Traditional Priesthood a Goal for Some?

Recent events among so-called “Progressive” Catholics, gleefully talking about the “devolution” of Church authority in our time, especially since Francis, has reminded me several times of something I was told by an Oblate priest while I was making a personal retreat in the late 1980’s. It was at the Oblate Fathers Retreat Center in Hudson,… Read More No More Traditional Priesthood a Goal for Some?

A Review of Roberto de Mattei’s “The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story”

The who, what, where, when, and why of the Council by Michael J. Miller. Catholic World Report The famous black-and-white photograph of the Second Vatican Council in session, taken from a high balcony at the back of Saint Peter’s Basilica, shows more than 2,000 Council Fathers standing at their places in slanted stalls that line… Read More A Review of Roberto de Mattei’s “The Second Vatican Council: An Unwritten Story”